Le Clarys Plage is a very popular French campsite with the magnificent beach at Merlin Plage just a short stroll away. The campsite is 5 miles south of the popular resort of St Jean de Monts which has a real holiday atmosphere with a boulevard and many lovely shops and restaurants.
The site is very well kept and has excellent facilities. There is a large pool complex with sun terraces, outdoor pool, waterslides, jets, heated indoor pool and Jacuzzi. The adventurous can try the ‘Cobragon’ space hole (see photographs!)
The site is a large site with 444 emplacements for mobile homes/tents. Some of the mobile homes are across a road from the main facilities.
There is a great kid’s play area and a range of activities including tennis and football. You’ll find several restaurants open nearby, plus lively entertainment in the bar throughout the season.
If you are going to drive then here are the distances from the Channel Ports :
If you arrive at Nantes Airport, you can get a shuttle bus into the town centre then take a bus or train to St Gilles Croix de Vie then take a taxi from there to the campsite (approximately 25 Euros)
There is plenty to see and do in the area around St Jean de Monts. For more information click here
Just south of St Jean de Monts is the Altlantic Toboggan Waterpark, with water chutes, toboggans, wave pool, restaurant etc. (Website www.atlantic-toboggan.com). Entrance costs 18Euro for adults 12Euros for children aged 3-12. Unfortunately no lower entrance cost for adults like me who would be too afraid to go on the water chutes !! www.atlantic-toboggan.com
Has an excellent beach and also a nice fishing port to visit.
Visit the delightful village of Apremont with its ruined Renaissance castle and lake. There are pedaloes on the lake and a beach.
This safari park can be found 1 hr 15 mins from St Jean de Monts at Port Saint-Père. You can drive through the savannah area and see wild mammals such as lions and giraffes. You can view them by taking a trip in a 4x4 truck that lets you get close to the animals or view the animals from rope bridges. This park contributes to the conservation of many species and there are something like 250 births of young animals each year at the park. I am not sure if the dolphin Cite de la Mer is open to the public but if it is there are underwater viewing tunnels which sound excellent. Tickets can be purchased via the website and there are some special offers there. (www.planetesauvage.com/)
On the island of Noirmoutier you will find a good aquarium with an excellent selection of fish from around the world including warm and cold water fish plus a number of tropical aquariums.
The zoo at Les Sables d'Olonne is the home to hundreds of animals living in a luxurious setting. Animals include penguins, monkeys, otters, lions, tigers and pandas.
At Commequiers (22 kms or a 30 minutes drive from Clarys Plage), there is a Velo Rail with 10 kms of rail to cycle on through the countryside.).
This is 125 kms away (1 hr 45 mins drive), but you may well decide it is worth it to drive this distance to see this excellent and very popular historic theme park. Visit a reconstructed medieval village, watch Roman gladiators battling in an amphitheatre or vikings or witness the birds of prey show. There is also evening performances of fireworks or the excellent night time spectacle of the Cinescenie, which involves hundreds of actors and horses, re-enacting historic scenes. (This takes place late starting at 10pm or 10.30 pm so is probably not suitable for very young children) The park does not open every day and the Cinescenie only takes place on certain days so it is best to check with the Puy du Fou website (www.puydufou.com) before setting off. The entrance fee is also quite expensive. The only tip I can find is that if you are booking with Keycamp they have a small 5Euro money off voucher but also if you take an old radio or something that receives radio then you do not need to pay to hire the expensive head sets to hear an English translation.